New Delhi, April 15: After RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat kicked off a major controversy by saying that conversion to Christianity was Mother Teresa's main objective behind her service to the poor, now the parent organisation of the has alleged that B R Ambedkar was ignored while she was given Bharat Ratna 10 years before him.
On his 125th birth anniversary, RSS also equated the Dalit icon to Hindutva stalwart and its founder K B Hedgewar and claimed that his views matched its own on Article 370 and that he had supported complete transfer of Muslim population after Partition.
The Narendra Modi government and BJP, which looks up to RSS for ideological guidance, have launched a series of events to claim the legacy of Ambedkar with an eye on crucial Dalit votes.
"He was given Bharat Ratna in 1990. In this country, Mother Teresa was given Bharat Ratna 10 years before him. It is a question worth a thought," he said. Ambedkar was awarded the highest civilian honour in 1990 by the then National Front government.
"Bharat Ratna had been awarded to someone like Mother Teresa ten years before B R Ambedkar. Its cause for worry," Joshi was quotes as saying in an IE report.
A few weeks ago, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was critical of Teresa, saying converting people to Christianity was the main objective behind her service to the poor. "Mother Teresa's service would have been good.
But it used to have one objective, to convert the person, who was being served, into a Christian," he had said at an event.
(With inputs from agencies)